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: Cape Gazette SPORTS & OUTDOORS FRIDAY, JUNE19-MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009 109 SUBMITTED PHOTO THE 2008 SWIMMERS AND VOLUNTEERS included (front row I-r) Hunter Wiswall, Sean Mackessey, Ryan Czyzia, Reed Bellinger, Ashraf Mohamed, Jack Mc- Donald and Garrett Thawley. Standing are Melissa Martin, LDAF Executive Direc- tor; volunteer Len Lesham; state Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach; volun- teer Pat Hamer; Joey Peete; instructor Nancy Berg; volunteer Adam Kelly; Sammy Kelly; volunteer Louise McGinnis; and volunteer Kristen Vincent. LDAF gears up for summer swim program The Lower Delaware Autism Foundation is again getting ready for its annual Summer Swim Pro- gram to be held at The Planta- tions pool near Lewes. The program runs every Fri- day from 10-11 a.m., June 26 through Aug. 14. Children with autism in Sussex County are in- vited to learn appropriate pool conduct and safety and water and pool acclimation. Space is limited. Parents are required to stay during the ses- sion. The program teaches the kids physical fitness and gives them peer-to-peer social interaction and communication in a safe and supportive environment. Each session begins with stretching and warmups followed by skill development and exercise and free time at the end. Lifeguards are on hand to ensure the chil- dren's safety, and volunteers work with each child to improve skills. The program hopes to prepare children for Special Olympics when they are ready to ioin the team. Autism is a developmental dis- ability, neurological in nature, characterized by challenges in the areas of communication, so- cial interaction and behavior. Af- fecting I in every 150 children in the United States, cases of the disorder are on the rise. There are no medical tests for autism and no cure. For more information about autism or to volunteer, call the office at 644-3410, or email iij!  ii!ii!  Cape High's Derek Fanto (right) saw plenty of action at right offensive tackle during the Gold scrimmage last Wednesday evening. Gold squad Continued from page 107 ters in the house. And to make matters more confusing, helmets are smothered with more decals than a race car at Dover Downs. An analysis from a safe dis- tance indicates that the Gold is a talented array of skill and big- sized players who don't mind ripping off each other's heads in the name of sportsmanship and team bonding. The Blue team leads the over- all series, but this Saturday night should prove to be an intriguing match up. Middletown quarterback Ken- ny Anderson can flat-out throw it and the baby bull backfield of Tyler West and Jordan Jones can get it done on the inside. Duron Harmon, injured near the end of last season, looked all the way back on both sides of the football showing the talent that inspired Division I Rutgers to of- fer him a scholarship. The game, as always, is run in conjunction with the DFRC (Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens) with each player get- ting a buddy as part of the hand- in-hand all-star week. The five minutes before the game when the buddies hit the field to f'md their players as the song, "Reach Out andTotrch Somebo'dy's Hand" is played over the loudspeakers is consid- ered by many the best five min- utes of the year in all of Delaware sports.